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In New England, Indian Pudding is as essential a part of Thanksgiving dinner as Pumpkin or Squash Pie. Great stuff, if you like the flavor of molasses. It's not just for Thanksgiving.
It's called "Indian" because it is made with corn (maize) meal - the staple food of North American Indians. It's easy to forget that they were not mainly hunter-gatherers, but farmers with 100-acre fields. Farmers, with their main amusement being killing, raping, and torturing members of neighboring tribes. A cultural thing.
Simple rustic ingredients. No sugar? You use molasses. No flour? You use corn meal. The only trick is to make sure it is neither too firm nor too runny. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
I like Indian pudding.
I think I'll go OT for a bit. It's been a week now and haven't heard a peep from Meta. I hope she has not been banned, if she has, I want to know why.
I know the Stacy Keibler wanna be potty mouth was out of line , but so was Dr M. The two have clashed before so it probably won't be the last time.
Meta is the total package. Smart witty, and honest. She adds a lot to this site.
Give them both a time out with a bar of soap in their mouths.
Angry, violent, threatening, derogatory, vicious,evil letters to me are most welcome.
The warm, kind, caring ones I can do without.
I signed my name because anything the New Yorker can do ( Bruce) us Boston guys can do better.
BD, I think the Farm needs to know the truth.
Corn and Maize are two dramatically different crops.
I dont have to describe what an ear of corn looks like.
With maize there is one ear per plant.
The ear is dead center at the top of the plant.
The grain on an ear of maize consists of individual grains, each one supported on a straw, and having the appearance in size shape and color of a BB (as in Daisy BB gun)
Maize is not eaten by humans.
Why do you insist that corn and maize are the same?
Maize (Zea mays L. ssp. mays, pronounced /?me?z/; also known in most English speaking countries as corn), is a grass domesticated in Mesoamerica and subsequently spread throughout the American continents. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, maize spread to the rest of the world.
Maize is the most widely grown crop in the Americas (332 million metric tons annually in the United States alone). Hybrid maize, because of its high grain yield as a result of heterosis ('hybrid vigor'), is preferred by farmers over conventional varieties. While some maize varieties grow up to 7 metres (23 ft) tall, most commercially grown maize has been bred for a standardized height of 2.5 metres (8.2 ft). Sweet corn is usually shorter than field-corn varieties.
I am the only one in the family who likes it, and two servings Thanksgiving week is about right for me for the whole year.
As for the Indians, they seemed like hunter-gatherers to the Puritans because they did not fence their land, and did hunt and fish more than the English did. But you are right. They grew crops and managed them. Pretty cleverly too, in most cases.
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The Iroquois were farmers but the plains indians were hunter gatherers. Some planted a few crops, much aboriginals in Australia do, but they relied on hunting and gathering wild plants.
Um, how do you farm a 100 acre farm if you have not yet developed a plow? Or a domesticated animal like an ox or horse, which is not native to North America? Where is the pottery to store the food from this 100 acre farm? 100 acres farms are pretty big. In 1620, an acre was defined as the amount of land a man can plow in one day with an ox. How did they get 100 acres of cleared land? That's a lot of trees and rocks to clear away without the help of at least one domesticated animal.